Split Ring or Jump Ring

I am having a hard time finding split rings or jump rings that I can get over my 1/8" material without scratching. I did buy the Split ring pliers from michaels. Is there different sizes? This sure doesnt open the rings far.

For dog tags/ keychains

Tara

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The ones with an easy open tang work well. Like this
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There’re all over in weird places like the hardware store and online.
I’ve found little ones at my local Daiso.

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I must get these! Thanks for the post. Regular split rings are really secure; so secure that I can’t get things on or off.

@scoobydoo you might try a pair of jump rings. This reduces the chance that you will lose the dangle. I did this when I added somethign to a chain that absolutely could not take heat. Make sure you open and close them the right way

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Another option is to make a little jig that you slip in to hold them open while you install them. I’ll see if I can find the one I did - it’s just a wedge that you twist, like a T-handle.

Actually - like a holddown pin, but without the slots to allow flex.

Edit - here’s the one I made (just the bitmap, I had it in a Powerpoint doc I use for sketches like this.) I scaled it in the workspace to get a size that worked the rings I was using.
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These are the ones I use. I also place it in a vise and use a butter knife to open the split ring.

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Carabiners. :smile:

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Just an FYI. I saw a neat hack on how to pen those stubborn jump rings and it actually works! I also have the special pliers, but for my key ring holders I use a staple remover.
https://www.walmart.com/browse/office-supplies/staple-removers/1229749_1966854_5721296.
Pick one up at Walmart or Dollar Store cheap. Because they have 2 teeth, they hold the jump ring/key ring open pretty good. Unfortunately, the smaller jump rings are a pain so I just use 2 adjoining split rings instead. Much faster to apply to my product and less hassle! Good luck!

I had the same problems and I thought there MUST be a tool that does this…and there is…